Day: May 26, 2010

Rolling, rolling, rolling

The Lady Celts express keeps on rolling. McNary won its 21st game in a row earlier today with a 9-3 thumping of Rex Putnam in second-round action from the Class 6A state playoffs. Sophomore Hailey Decker clubbed two more home runs, or numbers three and four in two playoff games, while senior Hannah Bouska added a solo shot. Sophomore Olivia Yarbrough doubled in two runs. Senior starting pitcher Erin Hento won for the 17th time in 18 decisions. McNary trailed heading into the fifth inning. This game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was rained out. It was re-scheduled for Willamette University before the Bearcats’ field was declared unplayable this morning. Ultimately, the game was played at the McNary softball diamond. The Celts play the winner of Aloha-Tualatin in Friday’s...

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New time, place for softball game

The McNary-Rex Putnam playoff softball game has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. today at Willamette University. Yesterday’s game was rained out with the Celts leading 6-0 in the fourth inning. Today’s game, however, will be replayed in its entirety. McNary advanced to round two with a win over Gresham on Saturday while Putnam rallied to beat Roseburg on...

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Turnaround Achievement winners overcome adversity

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The 20 middle and high school students at Tuesday’s Turnaround Achievement Awards got there a lot of different ways. Some had abused drugs, even going back to 6th grade. Others were involved in gangs, got pregnant way too young, or had problems at home. And still others just plain didn’t like school – and didn’t mind letting their teachers know it. The Turnaround Achievement Awards recognize those students who realized they wanted more from life, and put in the work to bring up their grades, improve their conduct and put themselves on a better path in life. The awards are sponsored by Town and Country Lanes and recognizes students from throughout Salem-Keizer. It’s tempting to call Tuesday’s awards a happy ending for these children. But it’s more like a happy beginning. “Life is all about choices,” said Keizer Police Chief Marc Adams, the luncheon’s keynote speaker. “Choices don’t stop coming. … Listen to that voice that tells you right and wrong.” One who did was Chandra Timm, a 17-year-old McNary student who found herself beset with drug problems when she was just starting high school. She went from Ds and Fs on her report card to almost all-As. The one B was in Advanced Placement U.S. History. “Now I realize how easy high school is if you just show up!” Timm said. She’s...

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Fire District approves supplemental budget

By HERB SWETT Fort he Keizertimes A supplemental budget about 4 percent more than the 2009-10 Keizer Fire District budget was approved by the board of directors Tuesday. The supplement of $279,327 includes a recently purchased trailer several times the size of the old trailer, which the board plans to donate to Marion County Search and Rescue. Fire Chief Jeff Cowan told the board that, even though only supplements of 10 percent or more of the budget require board approval, he wanted the district staff to be transparent with its proposals. Regarding apparatus and capital improvement, Cowan reported a need for a tow vehicle for the rehabilitation unit. He said a used engine was available from the Salem Fire Department. He also said the staff was preparing to look at older pieces of rescue equipment and heart monitors and recommend...

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